Thoroughly! I started on 2015 during a Gap-Year between completing A Levels and beginning University on the Deloitte Scholar Scheme and the company could not have been more welcoming. I completed my internship within Consulting and thought the environment was highly inclusive as I was treated the exact same as all the Graduates whilst taking part in their training scheme. Throughout my time I was able to complete projects across all Consulting departments, ensuring that I gained an informed insight in to what Consulting involves and a more detailed understanding of the services Deloitte offer.
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Very much so. Everyone that I worked with took an interest in me and what I was looking to achieve in the next few years of my life, as well as whilst being at Deloitte. They were all happy to take any and all extra time to provide me with feedback which always came with an honest, balanced view of what they viewed my strengths to be, along with suggestions of how to broaden/ improve my skill set.
The management that I experienced at Deloitte was perfectly balanced. My senior colleagues understood that I had personal aims and did their upmost to help ensure that I achieved them whilst furthering the goal of any project. Equally, they were keen to ensure that I had independence throughout my time there.
Consulting lived up to my expectation of being incredibly busy, but whenever there were more quiet days, my colleagues were very receptive and pleased when I asked whether there was anything extra I could help with. If at any time the balance shifted the other way, with work requiring extra hours, it was always prioritised that these hours were given back to me, on top fo the work-life benefits that Deloitte offer if such hours are required.
More than I thought I would! There is a common idea that anyone on an internship/ placement would be left with menial tasks such as photo-copying or grabbing coffee's, but this could not have been further from my experience. As already mentioned, my colleagues were keen to ensure that my own aims were achieved but also incredibly supportive in ensuring that I gained as much exposure as possible to any opportunity that arose.
Massively! My ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally has greatly improved as well as being able to adapt to various environments. But perhaps most beneficial, it is far easier to understand how theories relate to the real-life world. This has not only improved my ability to comprehend my University modules but it has also helped boost my grades as I apply academic learning to modern case studies.
Formal, fun and varied. In Consulting, you are often based on client-site which meant that every project also bought a new environment to adapt to. I am someone who enjoys change, but Deloitte did ensure that a certain culture and professional etiquette was always maintained which allowed for some consistency. When back in our home office, this was also reflected in terms of the business wear and respect for all colleagues, but the company also understand the need to wind down with various planned activities and highly encouraged coffee culture. For me, this meant it had the perfect balance.
The Scholar Scheme was organised very well. There were no issues with being placed on our first two projects, with it being explained that preferences to specific industries will be taken into consideration though we cannot choose our initial placements. With this being said, there was always a safe space to raise any issues and encouragement to learn how to find your own project which most did.
As I continued my relationship with Deloitte whilst attending the University, communication did naturally become more sparse but overall any queries are responded to/ resolved quickly.
Highly! I was allowed to attend Graduate level training for Consulting as soon as I joined with multiple other courses offered free of charge afterwards. All of my managers were highly receptive to me attending as many as possible involving time away from the projects, despite not being under any legal obligations to return to the company.
Incredibly so. Deloitte is known for having a highly-respected name in all of the professional services they offer, which naturally provides fantastic opportunities and exposure to someone starting their career. Above that though, the people and the culture instilled make for an enjoyable environment to go in to each day.
YES! Being based in London, there are obviously plenty of opportunities for a good social scene which Deloitte ensured they capitalised on with a typical "work hard, play hard" motto. They provide a range of planned social events for all of Consulting, your individual department, the graduates, those on the Scholar scheme. This allowed us the opportunity to meet people who we organised such events with independently too.
London is obviously not the cheapest place. I was able to live at home whilst completing my placement but plenty of my colleagues did not and were able to find affordable rent quite easily. Socialising could be cheaper, however Deloitte offer a very generous salary which compensated for this amply.
Fantastic. As already mentioned, this is not something that London lacks. For those new to this city, the events that Deloitte organise are at a range of venues providing you with a great introduction to navigating your way around. Like any capital, if someone is lacking for ideas there is plenty of inspiration online as well and with the wealth of options, you are always guaranteed to end up having a great night!
Deloitte has numerous societies that can be joined. Some focus on internal strategies to better the company, some are charity based and others provide opportunity to take part in sport. All of them though encourage a less formal atmosphere than the office and always ensure that whatever extra-curricular activity you are taking part in, involves a lot of fun.